When I first discovered that there was going to be a Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer comic book, I knew I would have to speak to the man who came up with the idea. David was ecstatic then and now his excitement and determination has pushed him forward into the comic's second issue already. In fact, Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer #2 came out over a month ago, but as I'm sure you know I've been busy. David may give me the side-eye on lack of punctual demonstration, but I still had to get my review out, because I find this series to be so delightful!
In the last issue we left off with Harriet and the Edgefield's being stalked by red eyed creatures of the dark. We pick up in Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer #2 with an action shot of one of these creatures in mid leap, going after Ceasar, who'd apparently bumped his head (find out more when you read the issue!). As I mentioned in the review of the first issue of Harriet Tubman: Demon Slayer, Crownson isn't subtle when it comes to personality in his work. Each of his characters are rich and lovable. He takes the drear and depression of slavery and flips it to something fun and enjoyable to read, all while still addressing the theme of the story itself. It's a specific talent that many writers lack when trying to set the tone of their book.
He tends to be loose with the comedy as well, using generous panel real estate to do it. Given the type of story, this approach doesn't always work well, but in Demon Slayer it is a phenomenal addition, used to stir up the satire while making it easy to relate to the characters. I also think the style of dialogue is appropriate as well. He takes note of the period these characters are in and how that may affect their way of speaking, and it fits well.
Then he gives us what we really want to see the most. Action. There are so many glamour shots in this comic, I want to post half the book in gallery style along with the review. But I won't. Because you need to go purchase and read it for yourself. The art in this issue is devilishly beautiful. Vazquez's The minor details like the cotton candy-like bushiness of Venus' hair or the grotesque features of the vampire pack that's chasing the Edgefield's really make the book stand out. It's a treat to see. There are also a series of pages used for flashbacks in which all is black and white save for the color red that Burcham really makes shine. This masterful work, and I love style. Top that off with Ellis' immaculate word balloon placement and long tails for dialogue and you've got something special. Every page ramps the action up to another level and there aren't any low points.
I can't recommend this series enough. It's funny, fully of action, great characters and superb art. Set with an empowering theme and turning one of our real-life heroes of the 1800’s into a super hero of her era, there is no reason not to check this out. Besides, there's a twist at the end that I am sure will get you excited for issue #3. Believe me. I don't lie.